Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail
Albany County
Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Office of the Albany County Executive
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 1200| Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7040| Fax: (518) 447-5589

Rail Trail History

Winter 2010

Land Purchased from Canadian Pacific Railway CompanyThe County of Albany purchases a nine-mile strip of what was the Delaware and Hudson rail corridor for about $700,000 from Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Scenic Hudson Inc. and a grant from the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation provide funding assistance.

Summer 2011

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy AgreementAlbany County, the Town of Bethlehem, and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy join together to open a 1.9 mile section of the trail to the public for walking and bicycle use.

Summer 2012

Trail Opening in New ScotlandAlbany County, the Town of New Scotland, the Town of Voorheesville, and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy join together to open another section of the trail to the public for walking and bicycle use. The public trail now spans from the Town of Bethlehem to the Town of Voorheesville.

Spring 2016

First Paved Portion of Open TrailFirst Paved Portion of Open TrailAlbany County, the Town of Bethlehem and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy join together to open an additional 1.9 mile section of the trail to the public for walking and bicycle use.

Spring 2017

Hilton Road Safety FeaturesThe Town of New Scotland and the County of Albany work together to ensure the safety of trail users on Hilton Road. Major construction improves the quality and safety of the trail. Improvements include leveling and repaving.

Summer 2017

Bicycle Repair StationBicycle Repair StationIn partnership with Capital Roots, the County installs a bicycle fix-it station at the South Pearl Street entrance. Cyclists can use the tools and equipment available at the fix-it station to repair or adjust their bicycles.

Sunscreen StationsAlbany County installs sunscreen dispensers on the trail in Albany, Slingerlands, Voorheesville and Delmar so residents can protect their skin from sun damage while enjoying the trail.

Etiquette SignsNew etiquette signs along the trail promote safety by educating visitors about proper trail use, including right of way and passing instructions.

Autumn 2017

Mural by Andrea HershMural by Andrea Hersh Artist Andrew Hersh paints the first mural on the trail near the intersection of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in the Town of Bethlehem. Andrea Hersh's works have been showcased in various art institutes and shows across the Capital Region and the globe.

Spring 2018

CDPHP Cycle! Bicycle RentalsTo help promote healthy living and provide wider access to recreation opportunities, CDPHP Cycle!, in partnership with CDTC and CDTA, provides a bike rental station at the South Pearl Street entrance to the trail. Visitors can now rent bikes for as little as five dollars to enjoy the trail while cycling.

Aidan's "Pocket Park" Eagle Scout ProjectLocal eagle scout Aidan S. helps find funding and works to improve a "pocket park" at the trail entrance near the Adams Street and Hudson Avenue intersection in Delmar. Aidan rehabilitates the small park to make it more accessible for visitors regardless of mobility, and makes additional upgrades to create a more pleasant and relaxing atmosphere for trail users taking a pause.

Final Paving of Entire TrailWith completion of paving the portion of the trail between Slingerlands and Voorheesville, the entire nine-mile length of the trail is now fully paved.

Summer 2018

Exercise Equipment StationsExercise StationsCounty Executive McCoy unveils three exercise stations for sit-ups, pull-ups and more to give visitors an additional option to exercise while enjoying the outdoors.

Little LibraryLittle LibraryInspired by a pair of 5- and 8-year-old residents, this Little Library at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Adams Street in Delmar provides a rotating collection of donated books for visitors to pick up and enjoy, perhaps while taking a break in the nearby pocket park or after they travel the trail.

Mural by John DeMarcoMural by John DeMarcoArtist John DeMarco created the beautiful murals decorating eight piers along the trail as it passes beneath the Slingerlands overpass. DeMarco worked 12-hour days with his son and volunteers to finish the colorful project. His other works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums throughout the northeast including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Autumn 2018

Thomas D. Robbins Bench DedicationFirst Rail Trail Bench Dedicated, to Thomas D. RobbinsAlbany County and the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy partner together to host the Sponsor-A-Bench program along the trail. The first bench, near the Bethlehem Veterans Memorial Park, is dedicated to Thomas D. Robbins, a local veteran who died in combat in 2004.

Mural by Ramiro Davaro-ComasAnother featured artist along the trail, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, paints a stunning mural on the Delaware Avenue bridge. He often finds inspiration from his travels and shows his artistry in public projects like this one.

Electric Vehicle Charging StationElectric Vehicle Charging StationWith funding from a NYSERDA grant, the County installs electric vehicle charging stations for public use across the area. A two port charger with free charging covered by the grant can be found by the Slingerlands entrance to the Rail Trail.

Spring 2019

First Organized Run on the TrailTrail RunThe Albany County Department of Recreation and the Albany County Sheriff's Office join together to sponsor the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon, the first organized run on the Trail. Showcasing the Rail Trail project, the run covered the entire length of the Trail, allowing everyone to enjoy efforts of the County and the City of Albany to make the connection to the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Path a reality.

Summer 2019

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Bench Program Completed The Sponsor-A-Bench program finishes installing 25 memorial benches along the trail. The cedar benches each have a memorial plaque and can be found about a quarter mile apart along the length of the trail.

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy